Spring Semester Opening Reception

Thursday, January 21st, 5:30pm
2134 Allston Way
Berkeley , CA 

Please join us for our back-to-school social hour—the perfect chance for new students to learn about us and for returning students to reconnect! Senior Fellows will be around to meet students, answer questions about the Institute, and announce our up-coming fall programs. Food and refreshments will be provided.

The End of Education: A Case for the Liberal Arts

The question of what an education is for is the most important question any student can ask. Yet our universities, having lost confidence in their ability to answer the question, have largely removed it from formal study. The result is that the liberal arts, long regarded as the foundation of Western education, now find themselves widely embattled, disdained, and ignored. This seminar will ask about the purpose and value of liberal education in the twenty-first century, as well as threats to it. Themes we will discuss include the importance of tradition, the function of critique, the cultivation of the intellect, and the relationship between the humanities and human freedom.

Dates: Thursdays On 1.28, 2.4, 2.11, 2.18 Time: 6:00-7:15 PM

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The Undergraduate Brunch Hour

How, as undergraduates, should we approach universities like UC Berkeley? What does it mean to be educated today? And what role might religious commitments play in the process? The Undergraduate Brunch Hour is a series of student-led discussions designed to foster the intellectual growth of undergraduates from all disciplines through informal but rigorous engagement with the principles and traditions sustaining academic inquiry. Students will have an opportunity to present readings of their choice and to discuss key ideas in philosophy, literature, history and the natural sciences. Breakfast will be provided each week, and some weeks will be spent at local art museums, concerts, or other cultural activities. For more information, please contact miaantonio@berkeley.edu.

Dates: Saturdays on 1.30, 2.6, 2.20, 3.5, 3.12, 4.2, 4.16, 4.30

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